Sometimes parents are in a hurry for the baby to start talking, crawling or even walking. This desire to see the baby achieve new achievements can make us accelerate a process for which he is not ready.
It is difficult for a 5-month-old baby to crawl or for an 8-month-old to walk alone, therefore advancing these phases can interfere with their proper development. The baby will crawl, sit or walk when he is ready, we can stimulate him but never pressure or force him.
We have all seen that image in which a mother or father hold their baby by their little hands, while they encourage him to take his first steps, but his little bowed legs cannot move forward no matter how much the parents wish. It is even possible that you yourself remember how your baby hit a blow while going from one arms to the other because his knees gave way. Nevertheless, trying to advance the baby's evolutionary process only hurts him.
The development of the baby is linear, that is, it happens from the head to the feet, so first it will start by supporting the head (around 3-4 months), then it will be able to grasp objects and later it will control the trunk. This is when you can sit without support, then he will be able to crawl and finally around the year, he will walk.
Between 4 and 7 months, babies are already trying to sit up on their own. The lying position is no longer enough for them and the muscles of the neck, back and legs are already developed enough to be able to get up and stay seated. Something that they love.
If you try to sit him up before this happens, the most normal thing is for the baby to sway sideways or fall forward, potentially injuring himself.
When the baby can hold his head upright and is supported on his arms and trunk, he begins to turn on himself or rock. In principle, babies begin to move with their hands trying to reach an object. When the baby is ready he will initiate the impulse with the legs and arms to move. We can stimulate him by placing toys within reach or give him a little push when he is in a crawling position.
However, there are babies who skip the crawl or are not yet ready, even at an age when it is considered normal. If you force it, you will be advancing a stage of development for which he is not prepared and can cause him distress.
There is no set age for a baby to take its first steps. Some babies walk at 9 months and others at 13 months. We must not anticipate that moment, we only have to worry if at 18 months he does not walk.
To walk the baby needs greater control of his body and, of course, balance. At first he will do it by putting his hands on the furniture and moving from one side to the other, and others will ask for your hands to help him. Despite what many believe, walking them too soon will not deform their legs or bow them. Nor will the now so feared walkers cause any trauma to the legs, however, they are an obstacle or a brake on the child's own development. Ideally, they should let go when they are ready.
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